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While not in the same genre of films that Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead blazed into, this film is a nice balance between a mild romantic comedy and some stinging satire regarding the ridiculous relationship between print media and Hollywood's elite. It's definitely worth watching for Pegg's performance, and Kirsten Dunst is far more likeable here than in the latest Spider-man film, playing a more complex and human character than MJ part trois.
In regards to the low rating the film is currently seeing on Amazon, I can only say that it's disappointing the film didn't do well in theaters, but regardless of the lack of extras and tomfoolery going on with MGM's home entertainment management, it's a shame that people are rating the film so poorly. Unfortunately, if people just see the listing for this film with a paltry two stars and don't go on to read the reviews they'll miss out on a refreshing and entertaining comedy starring one of England's funniest, freshest and most talented actors.
On a side note, I'm continually impressed with the range of actor Jeff Bridges' in his portrayal of various characters in his many film roles.Read more ›
Simon can do no right, sort of an obnoxious Mr. Bean. However as the story progresses we discover that Simon isn't as shallow as our first impression. His turn around and redemption is what turns this film from a romp to a heart warming tale.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex, nudity (Margo Stilley)
Simon Pegg has a talent for playing characters that are just clueless, somewhat out of touch with reality, with a hint of loser! He just does it very well!!! Throw that into the quick pace lifestyle of the big apple and those characteristics become even more profound!
I will have to say that I am not really a romantic comedy type person, but the comedy side of this movie far outweighs the romance! There were some laugh out loud scenes for me, like when Simon coughs with his mouth full on the lady's overcoat... even funnier that he can't leave it alone! The scene where he gets smashed at a fourth of July party and get up and starts singing `England England England' was hilarious to me... what a complete Wally! The scene with the dog in the office is funny too! But for all those who said that there were no laugh out loud scenes, what do you call the two scene with the transvestite!? Absolutely hilarious!! (especially the stripper prank!) What a wally!!
On the more serious side, Simon's character is very serious about what he does and is uncompromising and that becomes more and more obvious as the movie progresses... you find out that his character is actually deeper than you imagined!! I liked how the movie portrays Simon as a person who is unwilling to let go of his principles in the corporate rat race... I think the movie does an excellent job of capturing the struggles that most people have to go through in terms of either selling out and climbing the corporate ladder or retaining their morals and principles and staying at the bottom of the corporate food chain! I feel your pain Sydney Young!Read more ›
In the end, though, in my opinion this movie is still heaps better than much of what passes for "romantic comedy" out there. (Any herein unnamed rom com containing Katherine Heigl and/or Gerard Butler, I'm looking at you.) If you've got $2.99, a couple of hours to spare, and a deep personal need to watch everything in the Peggster's catalog, go ahead and rent it.
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Hilarious and with a great message. I love the lead actor Simon Peg, I have watched him in all the movies he has done.Published 6 months ago by LBG
Adorable. So many cringe inducing scenes. Nice to see Kirsten Dunst again. I hadn't known of Simon Pegg before. He's a hoot. Well written, acted and directed.Published 8 months ago by Potter
I really disliked this film. What a waste of a cast.
Simon Pegg plays Sidney Young, an obnoxious lout prone to always saying and doing the wrong thing but--for some... Read more
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